Personalize Professional Learning with Digital Badges and Micro-credentials

Teacher Reboot Camp

You are invited to attend the ISTE panel discussion, Personalize Professional Learning with Digital Badges and Micro-credentials , which takes place today from 11:45am–12:45pm, in Room 301BC. I will be part of the panel along with digital badging gurus Rich Dixon (@RichEdtech ), Noah Geisel ( @SenorG ), and Cate Tolnai ( @CateTolnai ). We welcome you to post your digital badging questions and also share with us your experiences and resources.

Integration of Digital Badges to Acknowledge Professional Learning

A Principal's Reflections

The following is cross-posted at Laura Fleming''s blog titled Worlds of Learning. Laura is the new media specialist at NMHS and has been challenged to develop innovative ways to create structures to recognize informal learning of both teachers and students. As a 21st Century Library Media Specialist, part of what I strive to do is to serve as an instructional technology resource for both educators and learners. ?In putting their learnings into practice in the classroom.

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The Professional Learning Sweet Spot

A Principal's Reflections

For the better part of my educational career, I always referred to any type of learning to assist me as a teacher or administrator as professional development (PD). For the most part, this consisted of attending mandatory district “PD” days, professional learning communities (PLC)’s or approved off-site experiences such as conferences, workshops, or webinars. With a PLN, I was able to learn anytime, anywhere, from anyone I wanted for free.

Digital Badges in the Classroom (What, When, & How) – SULS096

Shake Up Learning

The post Digital Badges in the Classroom (What, When, & How) – SULS096 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Let’s talk digital badges with the experts: Cate Tolnai and Jen Gibson! Digital badges can help us engage students (even remote learners).

Digital Badges Validate Skills for Special Needs Students

edWeb.net

Individuals with special needs struggle to graduate from high school and earn a diploma, much less pursue higher education or gain meaningful employment. During the edWebinar “ Digital Badge Credentials: Preparing Students with Special Needs for Employment,” the presenters discussed how and why digital badges can help students validate their training and verify their credentials with prospective employers.

Gamify Your Professional Learning at the CUE 2016 Fall Conference!

CUE

Covina-Valley Unified School District teachers having way too much fun learning about Quizizz at a CUE Launch event. Professional learning can and should be fun! To that end, a group of 14 educators have been busily designing tasks, missions, and challenges for attendees. Participants will be asked to capture the collaboration and connectivity of the #fallcue experience in the streamlined Chrome Warrior gamified learning environment.

Building an Authentic Culture of Professional Learning

Digital Promise

Many sectors, including education, acknowledge that learning does not end when formal training does. In particular, key innovations of the last two decades have opened new possibilities for ongoing learning. As a result, where we learn and where we receive credit for that learning are not necessarily the same place. While this affords learners unprecedented freedom, it also can make it difficult to effectively recognize that learning.

DIY Professional Learning

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Are you waiting for the perfect professional learning opportunity? Now you can stop waiting and design your own DIY (Do-It-Yourself) learning that leads to edtech, coding, and makerspace certificates. Creating & Coding Picademy (Raspberry Pi Foundation) [FREE] www.raspberrypi.org/training/picademy Become a Raspberry Pi Certified Educator. After completing the program, educators join a community of passionate digital making practitioners.

How Micro-Credentials Support Professional Learning

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All educators are lifelong learners, whether they’re figuring out how to incorporate the latest edtech device into their lessons or researching bios on NBA players to help a reluctant reader. But while schools expect teachers to continue their education, most only get rewarded for getting an advanced degree like a master’s or a Ph.D. Now, organizations like Digital Promise have developed micro-credential programs, which recognize educators for acquiring new skills.

In Support of Teachers: First State Micro-credential Initiative

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The iLearnMaine Educator Micro-credential Program was announced Thursday, Oct. 15, by ACTEM and the Maine’s Learning Through Technology Team. What if schools and teachers had support for professional learning that met their needs and was on their own terms? This is the kind of support iLearnMaine Educator Micro-credential Program is designed to provide. This is also the first formal partnership between a state and Digital Promise.

The Growing Potential of Micro-Credentials

A Principal's Reflections

There is a great deal of talk these days about micro-credentials and digital badging as a means to acknowledge professional learning of educators. While many organizations are trying to seize an opportunity to monetize this space for their own benefit, a pioneer in micro-credentials created a free platform for any educator to use over three years ago. Micro-credentials can be used to guide, motivate, and validate informal learning.

Agency: Important for Students and Educators

A Principal's Reflections

Empowerment and ownership need and should be associated with learning to increase relevancy, value, meaning, and outcomes. The desire to increase agency in the form of voice, choice, and advocacy should be viewed as just as important for educators (teachers and administrators) as it is for students. For sustainable change and innovative practices to take hold let’s evaluate the level of educator agency in our schools. This concept can be applied for educators as well.

Making Time vs Finding Time

A Principal's Reflections

One of the most utilized excuses in education when it comes to change is lack of time. At one point or another, we have all used the time excuse when it comes to our professional work. Regardless of your respective role in education, time will always be your enemy if you look at it with a fixed as opposed to a growth mindset. First and foremost, make the time to learn, grown, and get better as opposed to finding the time.

Digital Credentials Summit: Call for Participation

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The annual IMS Digital Credentials Summit brings together leaders from educational institutions, non-traditional learning organizations, government agencies, and technology suppliers to advance a digital credentials ecosystem that aims to transform the way students and lifelong learners present their knowledge and skills to future employers. [ Professional Development Digital Badges Ed Tech Ticker News

Edthena Adds Micro-Credentials to Help Districts Recognize Teacher Growth

eSchool News

SAN FRANCISCO (April 14, 2021) – Micro-credentials provide districts an innovative way to recognize teachers’ exemplar skills while allowing teachers to show their mastery of teaching skills via a digital badge.

Issuing Micro-Credentials to Your Teachers Can Reward Competency

Edthena

Micro-credentials are an emerging method for helping teachers document their professional learning. They offer districts an innovative way to document teachers’ skills while allowing the teachers to share their progress with others via a digital badge.

New Micro-credentials Provide Path to PBS Media Literacy Educator Certification

Digital Promise

These competency-based micro-credentials provide the pathway to earning certification as a PBS Certified Media Literacy Educator. Read on to learn more, or get started here. A certification for educators in all grades, all subjects. It is a series of small steps that takes the students on a journey of empowerment to become active citizens in the digital world. Mariana Garcia Serrano Science and Engineering teacher, PBS Certified Media Literacy Educator.

Learning Transformed Course

A Principal's Reflections

The reaction to Learning Transformed has been truly humbling. All of these experiences empowered us to think about and then create a deep learning experience that could be easily accessible to all educators across the globe. The key to change is not telling, but showing how ideas can transform teaching, learning, and leadership. Course Description The Learning Transformed course is designed to support your classroom, district or school's transformation efforts!

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Micro-credentials: A Promising Way to Put Educators’ Skills Front and Center

Digital Promise

Brent Maddin is the Provost at the Relay Graduate School of Education, Director of TeacherSquared, and a member of the Digital Promise Micro-credential Advisory Board. Or consider an academic dean observing two teachers at his school with markedly different performance, and consequently very different professional development needs. These two examples highlight some of the key limitations of today’s “seat-time” centric models for teacher professional development.

Four Signs It’s Time for Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

Studies suggest American schools invest $18 billion in teachers’ professional learning annually. But considerable evidence indicates that formal professional development often misses the mark. And while teachers are also learning in informal ways, existing systems don’t track or make the most of that growth. . In short, the current approach to American teachers’ professional development is falling short. 2 – The rise of digital badging.

Get Inspired Whether You’re at #ISTE2017 or #NotAtISTE

Teacher Reboot Camp

The last week of June I am attending the Badge Summit and ISTE convention in my hometown, San Antonio. June 24th, catch us at the Badge Summit. June 27th, from 11:45 am–12:45 pm, in Room 301BC, I will be part of the ISTE panel, Personalize Professional Learning with Digital Badges and Micro-credentials , along with digital badging gurus Rich Dixon, Noah Geisel, and Cate Tolnai. June 24th, is the Hack Education Unconference in San Antonio.

How Microcredentials Help Educators Develop New Tech Skills

EdTech Magazine

How Microcredentials Help Educators Develop New Tech Skills. In addition to their daily task of educating students, teachers must also continue to learn. Traditionally, that requires educators to take courses, whether in the classroom or online. . In efforts to make time-mandated and compliance-based professional learning efficient, technology offers microcredentialing as a vehicle for educators to pursue personal growth.

Tips for Teacher Motivation, Goal-Setting, and PLNs!

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Today, the first live event of The Goal-Minded Teacher: Challenges to Transform Student Learning ( #EduGoalsMOOC ) free open online course took place. Our esteemed panelists who are educators in the US, Greece, and Portugal, include Lisa Dabbs ( @TeachWithSoul ), Theodora Papapanagiotou, ( @DoraPap72 ), Nikki D Robertson ( @NikkiDRobertson ) Christina Chorianopoulou ( @Kryftina ) and Cristina Monteiro Silva ( @cristimsilva ). Professional Learning Network News TL Advisor Blog

Roadmap to a Job-Embedded Growth Model

A Principal's Reflections

I remember a few years back during a meeting with teacher leaders, a tipping point that would ultimately change the direction of professional growth at my school. Undeterred, I continued to talk about the concept of a Personal Learning Network (PLN) and what it had done for my professional growth. Best of all, at least in my mind, was the newfound ability to learn anytime, from anywhere, with anyone in the world for free. It become all about the learning.

Using Micro-credentials for Personalized Professional Development

Digital Promise

The Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) is an educational service agency in rural southeastern Kentucky that serves 22 school districts, 134 schools, over 3,000 teachers, and more than 50,000 students. We believe that by working together, we can face the educational challenges that students, educators, and our community experience every day. Micro-credentials provide personalized professional development opportunities aligned to theory of action plans.

Micro-credentials: A Promising Way to Put Educators’ Skills Front and Center

Digital Promise

Brent Maddin is the Provost at the Relay Graduate School of Education, Director of TeacherSquared, and a member of the Digital Promise Micro-credential Advisory Board. Or consider an academic dean observing two teachers at his school with markedly different performance, and consequently very different professional development needs. Micro-credentials, which provide recognition for these concrete competencies in the form of digital badges, could help facilitate this shift.

#CUE17- The Game

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I’ve also had the opportunity to work on using digital badging as a way to document professional learning at CUE events. I’m excited to say that I will physically (rather than digitally) be in attendance at this year’s CUE 2017 National Conference and will be helping out wherever needed. Keynote speakers at #CUE17 include poet and former teacher Taylor Mali, mathematics professor Jo Boaler , educator George Couros , and arts educator Cathy Hunt.

Join Maine’s Learning Through Technology Team!

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The Learning Through Technology Team at the Maine Department of Education is looking for a high energy, entrepreneurial-thinking, collaborative educator who would like to work with us. We currently have one opening for a Regional Education Representative: Digital Learning Specialist (and anticipate two more in the coming months). Our strategic efforts include: Maine Learning Technology Initiative – The first, and only, statewide 1to1.

Partnership targets PD for educators of underserved students

eSchool News

PD Learning Network and California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators announce partnership. PD Learning Network (PDLN) and California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA) are participating in a joint effort to provide a series of courses in leadership development designed to support professional learning of administrators, superintendents and educators. News Professional Development

COVID-19 Is Accelerating the Digital Blending of Working and Learning

Edsurge

Even before this crisis, concerns were rising about a potential loss of jobs and the rising demand for digital skills due to technologies such as automation and AI. Knowledge work has moved online as professionals work remotely.

Designing a System to Support Continuous Learning

Digital Promise

In the previous post, we discussed building authentic cultures of professional learning. Today, we explore one of the design principles at the heart of micro-credentials – embracing learning as continuous process. The learning journey unfolds across a lifetime, career, or set of careers. Micro-credentials – which recognize educators for their learning throughout their careers – aim to support this freedom.

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Transforming Classrooms with Deeper Learning

Digital Promise

Richards stumbles upon the concept of Deeper Learning — the idea that through hands-on, real-world learning, students can master academic content, improve their communication, problem-solving, and collaboration skills, and ultimately become more engaged, self-directed, and confident learners. Deeper Learning requires a new way of teaching, changing her classroom from orderly rows of desks to a dynamic world of project-based group work and student-driven exploration.

It’s Time to Remake the Makerspace, But Schools Shouldn’t Go It Alone

Edsurge

Across America, students are learning in new ways many of us could only imagine, tinkering, creating and experimenting in makerspaces and fab labs to solve real-world challenges. Here in Phoenix and nationally, young people learn in spaces where they can collaborate within teams, critically think about complex problems in their communities and develop creative solutions to these issues; skills that are essential to success in the 21st century workforce.

Online PD Courses Help Educators Understand Ed-Tech, Classroom Management, Study Finds

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The three biggest reasons pre-K-12 educators took online professional development courses in the past year were to learn how to use digital devices, how to use the educational software that goes on them, or to find out more about classroom behavior or management, according to a new study. Only 28 percent said it was for a job requirement, and about 46 percent said they did so to receive continuing education credit. Continuing education credit: 46 percent.

Want to be a stronger digital leader?

eSchool News

In a rapidly changing world, educators have been forced to self-examine and come to terms with approaches that are inefficient and irrelevant–from outmoded ways of setting up classrooms to equating school success solely on standardized metrics. How can we best harness the positive aspects of technology to improve student learning and the schools we work in? The 7 pillars of digital leadership. And, how do we measure the impacts of PD on students and student learning?